Mercedies is a Des Moines native. She attended the University of Iowa (GO HAWKS!), where her passion for events really grew. She works from home as the Events Coordinator for a downtown event venue. She enjoys biking, home projects, traveling, and farmers' markets with her husband and two red-headed sons, Bennett and Henry. When she has a free moment she loves to read, plan her next trip, and finish her cup of coffee before noon.
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Dietary Restrictions While Breastfeeding

Moms hear about all the things we should and should not eat while pregnant, but are rarely reminded of the possible dietary restrictions while breastfeeding. While nursing both of my boys I was challenged...
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12 Best Patios in Des Moines

Des Moines boasts an array of fabulous restaurant patios. If you’re feeling you need to enjoy a patio other than your own, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite patios around Des Moines to make...
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10 Must-See Murals in Des Moines

Murals and public art are always a fun way to get to know Des Moines a little better. Artists’ displays tend to reflect the love that we have for our neighborhoods and cities. Whether...

Why I Love My Kid’s Age Gap

My boys are four and a half years apart, and I have had many parents ask me if I am sad my boys aren’t “closer.” I am always curious about their definition of “closer.”...

Tips for Gardening With Kids

I love gardening with kids. The colors on our countertop. The crunch of a tomato right of the plant, or the red chili flakes we use from our dried chili peppers add a level of...

Mom’s Night Out 2020 Recap

Our 5th annual Mom's Night Out was successful evening, and is a reminder of what a great time we all have together! A big thank you to everyone who joined us for our Mom's Night...
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7 Ways to Entertain Toddlers Road Trips

Keeping a toddler entertained on a road trip can be difficult, but it's possible! We have traveled with our children from age 4 weeks on, and they have done a wonderful job in a...

Mom’s Night Out March 5, 2020

Our most popular event is back: Mom's Night Out at Sherwood Forest Event Center! Grab a girlfriend and join Des Moines Moms Blog for a fun evening Thursday, March 5th from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Don't...
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Our Journey To Making A House A Home

My husband works in construction and chooses to do all home projects himself. This can be a blessing and a curse. My honey-do list, is truly a my-honey-can-do list. My husband has done major renovations in...
Family Fun Day 2019

Family Fun Day 2019 Recap

Our 4th annual Family Fun Day event was a great morning with over 350 attendees! A big thank you to everyone who joined us for our Family Fun Day on September 21st at Centennial Park...